[KDE Usability] On the future of the menubar
agateau at kde.org
Thu Feb 25 16:45:47 GMT 2010
Dotan Cohen wrote:
>>> How is System Settings different than any other KDE application in this regard?
>> Many KCM modules need a lot of vertical space. Some can be improved,
>> others cannot (speaking as someone who spent quite some time trying to
>> fix some of them before 4.0 was released). Therefore it makes sense to
>> leave most space available to what matters.
> Is that not true of a PDF viewer? The whole page doesn't fit on a
> vertical screen (even less on a widescreen). So why does Okular still
> have a menubar?
- Because its menu is too complex to qualify for "reduced menu"
- Because having to scroll to reach all the content of a dialog
(systemsettings) is really poor UI, whereas having to scroll through a
document which in most case won't ever fit in the screen (okular) is
- Because in Okular one can:
- zoom the document to fit the page
- enter fullscreen mode to use all the vertical space of the screen
> Or how about a web browser?
Rekonq is a web browser...
> Or an office suite?
An office suite menu is usually too complex to qualify for "reduced menu"
> Most apps are limited
> by vertical space, System Settings is not special in this regard.
Indeed. This is what I wrote here:
>> This is not specific to System Settings, so I think it would be good to
>> standardize a "reduced menu" in the HIG, similar to what Rekonq created.
>> The use-case would be applications which do not need large menus and
>> have important vertical space needs.
> In general, I agree. I have not seen the rekonq implementation, though.
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